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American Hospital Association calls for end to OIG audits

The American Hospital Association called on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to cease what it calls "flawed and redundant" audits by its Office of the Inspector General in a letter to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

Community Health Systems breach cost estimates as high as $150 million

The Community Health Systems breach exposing 4.5 million patients' data in 29 states is expected to be costly--the total bill could be somewhere between $75 million and $150 million, according to a calculation at  Forbes.

Todd Park to step down from US CTO post

After five years in the District of Columbia, Todd Park--who initially served as the first chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services before being named U.S. CTO by President Obama in 2012--is heading to the other side of the country.

How extra Ebola precautions could backfire

Healthcare providers' precautions against the Ebola virus may have the opposite of the intended effect, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Proposed rule: Insurers to pay for birth control at closely held companies

The Obama administration proposed a new solution to the issue of closely held companies who object paying for certain contraceptive methods under the Affordable Care Act.

Docs show little interest in mobile data tools, wearable devices

Innovative mHealth activity devices, and wearables promising to help patients stay healthy, may be proving alluring to consumers, but it'll take much more evidence of real benefit to get doctors and providers on board.

Success story: Faced with closure five years ago, Florida hospital now in the black

Five years ago, Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida faced a $124 million loss and was close to shutting its doors for good. Today, the 400-bed, not-for-profit hospital can boast of a complete financial turnaround. In this exclusive interview, Rudy  Braccili Jr., executive director of revenue cycle services, tells  FierceHealthFinance about   the reasons behind the hospital's new-found success.  

Hospital coalition speaks out on Tenet contract moves

Several California health professionals have formed the Coalition for Quality Hospital Care in response to Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s plan to cancel contracts with independent physicians, according to an announcement from the group. One Tenet hospital spokesperson says the plans are in the nascent stages and that it has included staff physicians in the process. 

Health system adapts NIST framework to meet security risk needs

Data breaches have become the "inciting incident" that--much like in a story--precipitates the plot, writes Christopher Paidhrin in a blog post for  HealthcareInfoSecurity.com. Now, he says, that incident must lead to a refocusing of thinking and behavior in IT security.

CMS solicits ideas for engagement models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is soliciting comments through Sept. 15 about its proposed initiatives to test new engagement models for Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.